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The Ghosts of Rose Hill by R.M. Romero

12 reviews

friendly_neighborhood_grandma's review against another edition

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adventurous dark emotional mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? N/A
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.75

A nice read. Prague, jews, ghosts, strong female character. 

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folkofthebook's review against another edition

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emotional hopeful informative inspiring mysterious reflective sad tense slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

5.0

This is what it’s like to be Jewish
in Europe.
Every beautiful thing
has horror buried under it.

I’m always walking on bones.

rating: 4.5

a melancholic but moving story about a young latina jewish girl who spends her summer in a ghost story. i was impressed by how even through verse prose, r.m. romero was able to cover a variety of themes, from the frustrations of adolescence, the fears and tribulations of immigrant families, the despair of post-wwii europe for european jews, and horrors of legends.

This is a cemetery,
I realize.
And I don’t think anyone remembers
it’s here.

Anyone
except
for
me.

romero moves seamlessly between moments of discovery, sorrow, isolation, and even joy. her writing paints a vivid scene and imbues much personality into our protagonist, ilana.

Having a ghost
is like having a cat.

They wander where they like
and won’t come
when you call.

Prague believes in magic.
Prague believes in itself.
(I wish
I could be more like Prague.)

this was my first book from romero and i was quite impressed. there is a whimsical is eerie feel to her stories that i enjoyed and look forward to reading more of.

Because that’s the other part
of being a Jew in Europe—
each step I take
is in defiance of everyone
who didn’t want me here.

The final girl survives
because she can be
just as ruthless
as the monster
who wants
to destroy her.

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directorpurry's review

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dark emotional hopeful mysterious fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

3.25


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shirarweiss's review

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adventurous dark mysterious tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.75


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themargherita_s's review against another edition

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4.0

It's not a light read, because of the discussion of generational trauma related to both being Jewish and immigrants, as well as for having a monster that preys on kids. But it was beautifully written and also poetic in a way that makes you feel exactly all the magic of the city and the story itself.

I promise I’m not one of those adults that complain when books for teens read as books for teens— I knew this was a young adult book, but it felt younger than I thought it would be. I think it’s probably because the main character is very naive and trusting, and because even though the story takes place over a lot of days, it’s written in a fast paced way that makes the romantic storyline feel more insta love or superficial than it’s supposed to be.

Content Warnings: death, antisemitism, genocide, war, violence, child abuse, sexual assault, kidnapping/man tricking kids into going home with him, confinement.

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joisaddler's review against another edition

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dark mysterious fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

1.0


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tetedump's review against another edition

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dark reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5


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lilly_reads98's review against another edition

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dark inspiring sad fast-paced

3.25

I loved the writing in the first half, it’s very poetic. In the second half though, that type of writing stops and the main focus is on this monster who eats children’s souls. I did not like the second half which brought my rating down a lot. The entire story just changed the setting for the second half and I didn’t like that setting, it only went back to the original setting for the last few pages. I loved the first half though, I was taking pictures of so many quotes that I loved. “They study cello, opera, how to transform strings of notes on a page into tales about swan girls, queens of night, and wolves with wild intentions.” (P. 11) 
“Prague is a place where a girl your age can find herself…Aunt Zofie is a storm who only pretends to be a woman. Her hair drifts above her head, a cloud of thoughts and enchantments.” (P. 17) The story was just normal and then it became so bizzare at the end. I love everything about the setting at first; Prague, a rose cottage on a rose hill, a cemetery with overgrown ivy and roses that has a ghost. The city filled with artists and poets and musicians. I loved it. “Aunt Zofie became an artist in Prague. She makes her own world filled with: faeries, river sprites, and queens.” (P. 20) “We spin around and around on Rose Hill, carried aloof by the gentle waves of music as I usually am by the sea. Our grins flash like stars crossing an ink-toned sky.” (P. 120) I really like the story but I wish that the man she meets that was playing violin was just a nice man who wants to teach her, the thing about him eating children’s souls is so random and strange and unexpected, I did not like it. The story already has the sadness from the main characters parents and multiple other things, I think it’s just too much to also add the sad aspect to all of the characters like that’s too much. And when that became more prominent the writing also focused less on being poetic. I thought I would love this book because I loved so much of the writing in the beginning but I was very uncomfortable reading the conflict with Wasserman once she’s in his house, I was not expecting that at all and I hated reading that part. I wasn’t expecting that there’s going to be this creepy man eating childrens souls who then physically fights teenagers? I don’t think that’s good to just craft a story and then completely change everything halfway through and leave the reading wanting it to go back to how it was. I just wanted to read about how it was in the first half. In the 3rd paragraph of the synopsis, which I didn’t read until the end, it kind of hints that wasserman is a villain but that also spoils the ending of the book so I’m glad I didn’t read that before reading the book. I’m just very conflicted since I loved the writing and story in the beginning, I really enjoyed the becoming friends with a ghost and tending to a cemetery, that was nice to read about. I wish it would have stayed that way and not taking a huge turn, and I don’t think it needed so much of the plot to be taken over by a monster. I did like the message at the end of following your passion, and not  doing what your parents want for you.  I would have given this 4 or 5 stars in the beginning but I don’t really think the middle/end was enjoyable at all, it just completely veered off the way the plot was going and takes up so much time that by the time it’s over the book is over. I was just really excited to read this because I loved The Dollmaker of Kraków by this author, but the same thing happened in that one where the writing was very beautiful and magical and I loved it but then the end was just very sad. I enjoyed that one much more though, and I love all of the covers and concepts for this authors books. I just personally don’t like the unexpected sad endings especially since it wasn’t just the end it was like the entire second half of this book. Here are some more of the quotes from the first half that I loved; “Her hearts a mystery that I can’t solve.” (P. 18) “I can visit museums whenever I like. I can walk to the library where the walls are painted with the stars of a hundred constellations and every book invites me inside.” (P. 19) I’m just big on settings, I loved the setting in the beginning but not the second half, the entire story changed and never went back to how it was before. I would have absolutely loved the whole story if the whole thing had focused on Llana and her aunt at the cottage more, she was supposed to be there to learn from her aunt but we never even got to see that. I wish the whole story had just focused on her being at the cottage and hanging out with Benjamin and her aunt.

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xandra_lyn's review

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dark emotional hopeful inspiring mysterious sad fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

5.0

This was amazing! Poignant. Well researched. There were so many lines I stopped and re-read because of their beauty. It made me think about the experience of the Jews in Europe in a new way (the protagonist described walking through Europe as every step being a defiance). 

The ending is bitter-sweet. It leaves it slightly open ended for a sequel, but I hope there isn't one. It's so poignant as it is.

I was a little taken aback by the poem format, but I loved it by the end of the first chapter.

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atamano's review

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dark hopeful fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.0


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